Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants celebrated its tenth anniversary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 28, 2023. Situated in the iconic Copacabana Palace, the event transformed into a gala of gastronomic diversity and cultural richness of Latin America, paying tribute to the region's biodiversity and traditions. The night saw the announcement of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America, with Don Julio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, securing the third spot, followed by El Chato in Bogotá, Colombia, in second place, and crowned by Maido in Lima, Peru, in the first place.
Recognizing Culinary Talent Across Latin America
The event acknowledged culinary talent through various special awards, including the Estrella Damm Chefs Choice Award, the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award, Latin America's Best Pastry Chef 2023, Latin America's Best Female Chef 2023, and the Beronia Award for Latin America's Best Sommelier. The annual listing is the result of the opinions of over 300 restaurant industry experts from across Latin America, with a voting process overseen by Deloitte to ensure fair and representative results.
A Celebration of Latin American Gastronomy
This year's celebration promised to be a manifestation of the passion and excellence that define Latin American gastronomy, with Rio de Janeiro temporarily becoming its epicenter. The event was more than just a competition; it was a celebration of the rich culinary heritage of Latin America, honoring the unique flavors, innovative techniques, and the unyielding dedication of the chefs who bring these creations to life.
Highlighting the Top Latin American Restaurants
Don Julio in Buenos Aires, renowned for its authentic Argentine barbeque, secured the third position. El Chato in Bogotá, known for its innovative approach to Colombian cuisine, occupied the second place. The top honor went to Maido in Lima, a restaurant celebrated for its fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines, demonstrating the diversity and creativity of Latin American gastronomy. These establishments, along with the other 47 on the list, represent the pinnacle of culinary excellence in Latin America.